This shawl rose out of an unsuccessful attempt to weave the advancing-twill cocoon jacket published by Flavian Geis in Weaver’s magazine (can’t remember the issue). It was a beautiful jacket, with a warp that gradually changed colors from red to yellow and back again, and a weft that alternated between black and a sequence that changed from red to yellow and back again. The result was an absolutely beautiful jacket. I wove it up only to discover that, alas, my loom was too narrow! and the resulting jacket was too short for anyone older than 8. What a disappointment!
Nonetheless, I forged on. I had enough warp on the loom for three more shawls, so I wove two shawls with black weft with the intent of giving them away. Then I found myself looking at the pirns full of those beautiful red-to-yellow shades. I had hand-dyed 20 skeins of yarn in colors changing gradually from red to yellow, so close in hue that it was nearly impossible to distinguish adjacent stripes. I had enough left over on the pirns to weave one last shawl. Would it work? There was only one way to find out!
…so I wove up the shawl, in 1.5″ stripes of each weft color, to produce an absolutely stunning shawl. I have since done more complex work with changing colors, but this was my first piece, and I love it.